Richard Prince - New Now New York Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kent Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1990

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Prince

    American • 1947

    For more than three decades, Prince's universally celebrated practice has pursued the subversive strategy of appropriating commonplace imagery and themes – such as photographs of quintessential Western cowboys and "biker chicks," the front covers of nurse romance novellas, and jokes and cartoons – to deconstruct singular notions of authorship, authenticity and identity.

    Starting his career as a member of the Pictures Generation in the 1970s alongside such contemporaries as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Sherrie Levine, Prince is widely acknowledged as having expanded the accepted parameters of art-making with his so-called "re-photography" technique – a revolutionary appropriation strategy of photographing pre-existing images from magazine ads and presenting them as his own. Prince's practice of appropriating familiar subject matter exposes the inner mechanics of desire and power pervading the media and our cultural consciousness at large, particularly as they relate to identity and gender constructs.

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Suicide Bed Joke

signed "R Prince" lower right
ink on paper
12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm)
Executed in 1989, this work is a unique variant of 77 handwritten jokes which accompanied deluxe edition numbers 173–250 of the catalogue Inside World. The catalogue was published on the occasion of an exhibition at Kent Gallery, New York.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $3,276

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen

Head of Sale, New Now

212 940 1207

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New Now

New York Auction 9 March 2022